Molly J. Coye, M.D., To Join Aetna Board Of Directors

HARTFORD, Conn., September 30, 2005 — Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) announced today that Molly J. Coye, M.D., founder and CEO of the Health Technology Center, has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. With the addition of Dr. Coye, 58, Aetna’s board increases to 12 members.

"Aetna is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Coye join the Board of Directors," Aetna Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe, M.D., said. "Molly is one of the most highly distinguished and influential health care experts in the country, particularly in the field of emerging health care technologies, which is a critically important area for both health care quality and cost."

Dr. Coye founded the Health Technology Center (HealthTech) in 2000 to advance the use of beneficial technologies in promoting healthier people and communities. Today HealthTech provides objective technology forecasts, innovative decision-making tools, and expert learning networks for 45 partner organizations, nearly 25 percent of the nation’s hospitals, many of the country’s leading health plans and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Dr. Coye is a member of the Institute of Medicine where she co-authored the reports "To Err is Human" and "Crossing the Quality Chasm," chaired the Committee on Access to Insurance for Children, and co-chaired the Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. She is on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), one of the largest and most creative nonprofit organizations working in international health. She was a founding board member of The California Endowment, the largest private health care philanthropy in California.

Dr. Coye earned her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Johns Hopkins University and is board certified by the American College of Preventive Medicine. In 2005, she was selected one of the 100 most influential leaders in health care and the 25 most influential women in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.

As one of the nation’s leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability and long-term care benefits, Aetna puts information and helpful resources to work for its approximately 14.435 million medical members, 12.976 million dental members, 9.117 million pharmacy members and 13.662 million group insurance members to help them make better informed decisions about their health care and protect their finances against health-related risks. Aetna provides easy access to cost-effective health care through a nationwide network of more than 684,000 health care professionals, including over 405,000 primary care and specialist doctors and 4,135 hospitals. For more information, please visit (Figures as of June 30, 2005)

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